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Dyana Neal

Dyana Neal

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Dyana is WBJC's midday host. Her full bio can be read here.

Jul. 31 2014

Putting a different spin on classical music

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

If you’ve taken an exercise class or two over the years, you’ve probably heard quite a variety of music while pedaling away on a stationary bike, pounding on a punching bag, or performing other sweat-inducing moves. Some people don’t much care what’s on the sound system during class; they’re just in it for fitness. Others, myself included, find it impossible to […]

Jul. 09 2014

A Truly Topsy-Turvy “Mikado”

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What do you get when you take a musical theater piece composed in 1885, originally set in a mythical Japanese town, and place it in a black-and-white 1920′s world that’s decidedly English? A bit of confusion, perhaps, if you’re a purist with regards to staging, but if you’re up for some delicious visuals and very fine performances, the English […]

Jun. 10 2014

It’s Not Always Good To Be The King

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Spotlighters Theatre is presenting Jonas David Grey’s adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s  Edward II  through June 22. Though both the original script and the historical events it chronicles date back centuries, the play proves that history is cyclical and that issues of patriotism, family duty, and prejudice are timeless.        I recently met with Jonas David Grey, who is […]

May. 06 2014

Simply (La) Divina

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Greek-American soprano Maria Callas possessed extraordinary musical and dramatic talent, yet led a tumultuous life offstage. She is often referred to as “La Divina”, and Leonard Bernstein called her ‘the Bible of Opera.” On Friday, May 16th, Baltimore Concert Opera will present soprano Francesca Mondanaro and director Fabrizio Melano in “The Life and Music of […]

Feb. 03 2014

Touchdown!

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No, this isn’t a post about last night’s Super Bowl game. I am not remotely qualified to analyze or comment on football or any other kind of sporting event. Jim and I did watch the first half of last night’s game with a few friends; we left early because the party was in the DC […]

Jan. 21 2014

A Musical Touchdown!

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It’s almost Super Bowl time again! Alas, the Baltimore Ravens aren’t headed to the big game this year. That said, classical music fans on the east coast and all over the country have reason to rejoice. For the first time ever at the Super Bowl, our country’s National Anthem will be sung by an opera […]

Jan. 09 2014

A Concerto Born in Baltimore

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This weekend, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Baltimore-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto. The piece was commissioned by Music Director Marin Alsop and the BSO; Manuel Barrueco will be the soloist. Earlier this week, I spoke with Jonathan Leshnoff about the new work, his creative process, and Mr. Barrueco’s very […]

Dec. 19 2013

Allegro or al dente?

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If pressed to declare which I love more – carbs or classical music – I might have to go with the option that’s often served alla puttanesca, but it would be a close call. As such, I found the following Classic FM quiz absolutely delicious! My score was 18 out of 21; please post yours […]

Oct. 24 2013

Gotta Scoot!

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A few weeks ago, I subbed for Kati on a Sunday morning, and, feeling the need for some exercise after devouring a few too many fundraiser goodies, I decided to ride my bicycle to work. Kati often commutes by bike herself, as do Jonathan and Mark.  The ride in was very easy despite the darkness; […]

Oct. 10 2013

Happy Birthday, Verdi, and Kudos to Maestro Love!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

Today is the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, and this weekend, The Columbia Orchestra will celebrate with two performances of his dramatic, operatic Requiem. They’ll be joined by Choralis and guest soloists; you can click on the link below to hear my chat with The Columbia Orchestra’s Music Director, Jason Love.   When we spoke […]

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